Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist

poong the joseon psychiatrist kdramaSummary: Yoo Se Poong is a genius doctor and works at the palace but he gets blame for the death of the king. He has to leave Hanyang with a trauma that makes him unable to do acupuncture anymore. He then meets a town doctor who becomes his teacher and a widow who becomes his student.

Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist Trailer

Genre: Period, Medical, Psychological
Episodes: 12
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong
Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo
Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han




Likes: I love the theme of the drama. A psychiatrist during the Joseon era treating people who were sick in the mind and in the heart. I’m always curious how it was like in the olden days, just like how my grandma would tell stories during her times. I like how they made this one so light-hearted despite the psychological theme. It was funny, so relatable and family-focused, that you just wanted to be part of it. Such a heartwarming show!

Medical cases. Every episode focused on someone who has a medical condition, and that becomes the topic. Expanding the storyline  by taking on different cases makes every episode richer. And our leads trying to solve and treat every condition, dealing with difficult people in the process, was quite an adventure.

The plague. Seeing how the people in the past would handle epidemic is quite interesting. Harsher definitely. It made me think how lucky we are to be living now. We might have to go through strict lockdowns but at least we don’t get burned alive in quarantine. But that’s how it was like before. Cure was difficult to find. It was definitely a scarier time. And the psychological effect on people was pretty apparent too. However, what made it so different is that people in the past worked a lot as families. Hurdles like health or poverty were overcame a lot by being together.

The family. As I’ve mentioned above, family was very important. The Gyesu Village clinic family was such a happy one. They were not all blood-related but they were a family. I loved the warmth in that clinic. They help each other to treat the sick, they eat together, they joke with each other, protect each member, they all work happily for a common goal.



Our dear cast…

Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong – I loved seeing Kim Min Jae in period dramas, this suits him so well. As a genius doctor who fell from grace due to his involvement in the death of the previous king, he did great! I like his haughty character, who’s also soft-hearted when it comes to people in need and those who are family to him. Just got to love the guy!

Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo – she’s not the prettiest but she really fits well in this era. But the more I watched her, the more beautiful she had become. I also like her chemistry with Kim Mim Jae. Although, they were both too coy in this season, I just loved watching them together and I look forward for more romantic scenes next season.

Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han – I love this guy, he’s great! I like his father figure role here. He’s basically the head of the Gyesu Clinic and the robin hood of the village. He was very funny especially when he met the King but unaware he was the king, he gave him his honest diagnoses 😄.

Veteran’s cameo. Seeing veteran actor Ahn Nae Sang, who took the role of the previous king who died of poisoning in the first episode and Jang Hyun Sung, who took the role of Poong’s father,  and also died in the second episode, I thought, wow, we’ve got big actors here, this show would be promising.

Ending. The story of the poisoning of the king has been resolved and the bad guys had paid for it with their lives. Now we’ll move on. Having a second season seems to be a trend this year. Oh well, good news to us fans, we’ll be seeing more of Poong’s medical adventure. Hopefully, more romance too.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Link: Eat, Love, Kill

Link: Eat, Love, Kill KdramaSummary: Eun Gye Hoon is a respectable chef who used to share his emotion with his twin sister. That connection ended when the sister went missing and believed to have died. Eun Gye Hoon meets a girl called No Da Hyun whose feelings and emotions he could also feel just like his sister.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Melodrama, Food, Psychological, Mystery, Serial Killer
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon
Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun




Likes: It’s an interesting combination of fantasy, romance, food and mystery drama. I like the storytelling, it uniquely blends all this genre together.

Fantasy. I guess feeling someone’s emotions fall into this category. Eun Gye Hoon feeling Noh Da Hyun’s emotions always left that surprised reaction on his face. It must have been a truly daunting experience feeling someone’s fear and anxiety. However, I like the connection and the true reason why they had that link.

Romance. I find these two cute. The chemistry wasn’t that strong but they just look great together. It’s was nice to see that although the characters were ill fated, the attraction was strong enough to stay and protect each other until the end.

Food. I thought I won’t see that restaurant open at all! Anyway, all the testing menu and food Eun Gye Hoon prepared for Noh Da Hyun, especially when she could not sleep, were all mouth-watering! We all wish to have a partner who can cook, don’t we?



Mystery. It was nerve-racking as everyone was a potential suspect. But love how it came out. The real culprit was really that someone you least expected. The title of the episode was called “An Ordinary Evil”, revealing the killer’s identity.

Episode Titles. And yeah since we’re just at it, all episode titles were very well-thought of and truly represents the happenings of every episode. Link, The Connection; Lies; Confession; Cheesy, But Destiny; The Child Returns; Fluttering; Poke; The Children of Jiwhadong, Don’t Turn Around; The Red Gate; The Witness, The Premonition; Mom’s Secret; An Ordinary Evil; The Link and Eat, Love, Kill.

Scary and Funny. I like how they managed to make this show scary and at the same time funny. The fact that there’s someone stalking you and the killer of long time ago is still out there, that’s pretty scary. But we’ve got scenes like the mom and the grandma carrying tools around ready to hit someone when their daughter / granddaughter is in danger. Scenes like Eun Gye Hoon’s friend coming inside the restaurant on inconvenient situations. Or both scary and funny like Lee Jin Geun being put in the fridge, then able to escape only to be hit by a taxi. He survived after that and still able to blackmail the taxi driver.



The Top Leads.

Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon – I love Yeo Jin Goo! I’ve watched this guy grow up in kdramas. He is consistently a brilliant actor. As Eun Gye Hoon, I could feel his pain, guilt and loneliness. His face was painted like that. Then he fell in love, and love was there trying hard to thrive in the midst of pain, guilt and loneliness. Seeing the different emotions pouring out of him, even not his own, was brilliant. This guy can cry, even without trying hard. He’s so natural!

Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun – such a pretty face! I don’t doubt her talent in acting, she’s quite good too. Her tears were just flowing naturally all the time. Not much effort there. I just don’t feel a strong chemistry between her and Yeo Jin Goo.

Ending. I love how all story lines had reached a decent closure. I especially like the happy endings. There were also background stories which shed light to a lot of things like the story of Noh Da Hyun’s grandma. As for our lead characters, it just shows that not all grim pasts can darken the path to happiness and love.

Dislikes: I really don’t understand why Noh Da Hyun kept on walking on dark alleys at night, even after being stalked. That just didn’t make sense!

Chemistry wasn’t that strong.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Yumi’s Cells

yumi's cells kdramaSummary: Kim Yoo Mi is an ordinary office worker, shy and introverted, and who also has her love cell in coma because of a failed relationship three years ago. Her other brain cells are working hard but they all agree they miss Yumi’s  love cell most.

Trailer: Yumi’s Cells

Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Psychological
Episodes: 14
Stars: Kim Go Eun as Kim Yoo Mi
Ahn Bo Hyun as Goo Woong
Lee Yoo Bi as Ruby
Park Ji Hyun as Seo Sae Yi
Jin Young as Yoo Bobby
Choi Min Ho as Wook



Likes: Oh my gosh, Yumi’s cells are just too cute! And there are so many of them, all  impressively visualized! Although they’re all representations of what was going on Yumi’s head, they were accurate and totally relatable. I just couldn’t stop saying, “That is sooo true!” It’s amazing to see the cells as this tiny people running and doing their respective jobs inside our brain. If a cell is forgotten or not given importance, they die, just like what happened to photo cell or writer cell, but they can also get resurrected. I like how our brain is visualized as a village, with its village folks doing their duties.

Yumi’s Cells. I love all her cells working together but her brain was obviously dominated by love, reason, hunger, emotion and fashion. Her love cell was her number one. Yumi was capable of loving someone and putting that someone on top of her priority list. To watch her and her cell’s journey as she started dating Woong was truly fun. There was these roller coaster of emotion, which was of course well-portrayed by “emotion cell”. The time when her giant “hunger cell” shrunk and lost its appetite. Her “reason cell” panicking what to do when he’s out of reason. Her “fashion cell” making sure she wore the best during her dates. And of course “love cell” coming back to life after years-long of coma.

Woong’s Cells. He’s also got reason, love, but I remember Lustsaurus most, lol! Woong’s village has fewer cells than Yumi, well maybe because he runs on algorithm a lot. King Sullen had a cameo and he was so cute!

The first kiss. How could I forget that when there was some waist-grabbing involved.

The chemistry. Kim Yoo Mi and Go Woong chemistry was awesome. Love how she would stare at him whenever he’s shirtless 😍.

The OST. I just love the song Like a Star! Beautiful song!



Awesome cast. And we’ve got 2 idols as support…

Kim Go Eun as Kim Yoo Mi – Kim Go Eun did it again! I understand why she’s very much liked by a popular writer. Her ability to give her character justice is undeniable. Here as Yu Mi, she was this girl who closed her heart to love for a while but unexpectedly fell in love with someone who was not even her type.

Ahn Bo Hyun as Goo Woong – I never thought of Ahn Bo Hyun in romantic comedy, let alone the leading man. But surprisingly, he did so well and I’m already liking this guy. As Goo Woong, I love his awkwardness and sometime stiffness. He always appeared rough but he was a gentle soul.

Minho of kpop group Shinee and Jin Young of Got7 – it makes me happy to see this two idols! Jin Young specially is totally rocking the kdrama world!

Dislikes: Not sure of the ending. Hoping for a season 2 as it’s obviously to be continued.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

its okay to not be okay kdramaSummary: Moon Kang Tae works as a psychiatric caregiver and also takes care of his grown up brother who has special needs. He is great at his job but he doesn’t stay long in one hospital or employer. Due to a childhood trauma, he moves around with his brother a lot. Moon Kang Tae meets Ko Moon Young, a popular, successful and eccentric kids book author. Ko Moon Young takes a liking to Moon Kang Tae and starts following him around.

Trailer: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Genre: Romance, Psychological, Countryside Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae
Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young
Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae




Likes: A beautifully-written story with much focus on details. I love the combination of  exceptional characters combined with intense psychological drama, with added series of literary masterpieces and illustrations in a much rural, coastal backdrop. It was unique in a way and such an enjoyable show to follow until the end.

The grotesque animation. I’m a huge fan of this part. It gave the whole drama a dark tone and at the same time retained some cuteness. Which was my exact whole impression of the non-animated part. A great introduction indeed.

The cursed castle. This impressive set was just perfect for the story. A princess is not a princess without a castle afterall. Eerie but perfect!

The featured books and stories. I love all the books and the amazing stories and the morals that came with it but I think The Zombie Kid left a special place in my heart. Moreoever, I also like the touching story of the two brothers who made sure the other has a sack of rice for his family.

The storytelling with its animated illustration. Illustrated stories are simply the best. There are people like me who are visual so I really enjoy illustrated books, much more animated illustrations!

The titles of each episode. Yes it was the book’s title and each episode’s story is a reflection of that in the book.

The sarcasm in Ko Moon Young’s Fairy tale Class. I enjoyed this bit. There’s so much truth in all of these…

What is a fairy tale?  It is a cruel fantasy that illustrates the brutality and violence of this world in a paradoxical manner.

Moral on Ugly Duckling – raising someone else’s child is unrewarding, so just look after your own.

Moral on The Little Mermaid – karma will bite you hard if you covet on an engaged man.

Conclusion: A fairy tale isn’t a hallucinogen that gives us hopes and dreams. It is a stimulant that makes us face reality.

The beautiful coastal, countryside. A break from the usual busy and crowded Seoul. I thought the psychiatric hospital’s location was a perfect place to those seeking emotional and psychological healing. Love the view of the ocean!

The OST. Love, love the beautiful OST: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay!

The Brilliant Cast…

Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae – I know Kim Soo Hyun would always choose a good role and as Moon Kang Tae, his comeback role after his military, it was a sure winner for him. His downcast personality as Moon Kang Tae showed how well he could do with serious roles like this one. At first I thought he was too thin but I realized it was all part of it.



Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young – no one could do this role better than Seo Yi Ji. She was hands down the best! I loved her voice, perfectly fitting her role as Ko Moon Young. I loved Ko Moon Young’s different looks: beautiful, sultry, eccentric, arrogant, intimidating – difficult with a beautiful and talented soul. She was every inch a character from a fairy tale, the one with the very tiny waist :)! Moreover, all the outfits she wore were gorgeous and suited her really well!

Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae – I’ve got to give the best actor award to  Oh Jung Se for doing Moon Sang Tae soooo well! The acting was just brilliant, hands down. I loved how he mastered the mannerisms, the stutter when he talked, the way he walked and how he could portray that innocence of someone who living in his own world. Such a brilliant actor!

The Ending with a twist. I love how the brother whom everyone thought was someone everyone would take care of became the one protecting others.  I didn’t see that twist with the mum coming but what a  surprise! In the end, everyone found their peace, could move on and grow more.

Dislikes: I’m less a fan of psychological drama. Sometimes it’s too sad. It’s just that this one was too good to let it slip.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Forest

forest kdramaSummary: Kang Sun Hyuk does everything to acquire important business deals even if that would mean joining a special rescue team in order to get a good glimpse of Miryeong forest, which has a potential to be turned into a resort. He gets to share a house in Miryeong village with a surgical resident, Jung Young Jae, who got kicked out from a top hospital in Seoul because of an incident.

Trailer: Forest

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romantic Comedy, Countryside Romance, Psychological, Medical
Episodes: 32
Stars: Park Hae Jin as Kang Sun Hyuk
Jo Bo Ah as Jung Young Jae
Jung Yun Joo as Oh Bo Mi
Noh Kwang Shik as Choi Chang



Likes: The main set which was Miryeong Forest was lush and green. It was beautiful and it set a very calming atmosphere which was perfect for the healing of two lost souls who were bound to work in the place. I love how the camera captured fantastic angles that made the forest looked enchanting, calming, relaxing, a breath of fresh air, a shelter, and since it’s a kdrama, a place to fall in love. Added to that, the drone shots were fantastic! A birds eyeview of the vast forest was just mesmerizing.

I love how they focused on bicycles as the main transport going in and out of the forest. I admit, there was something romantic about bikes but it wasn’t just a Korean drama thing,  I thought it was perfectly matching with the main nature theme. Something that doesn’t contribute pollution whether it’s air or noise.

The two main characters were interesting. Both had trauma in the past that despite what they have achieved in the present, the past remains haunting them. The character development was definitely there but how it was achieved I would put it under dislikes.

The Cast:

Park Hae Jin was looking so good in this! He looked tall and handsome in suits. And how can I forget those naked scenes, what an eye candy! But wait, he wasn’t all looks, he did well in acting too. His tears were so convincing!

Jo Bo Ah was pretty and bubbly and there was definitely a good amount of chemistry between her and Park Hae Jin.

Jung Yun Joo & Noh Kwang Shik were such a cute couple that sometimes I like watching these two than the top leads, hm, sometimes. Excellent acting as well even for just supporting roles.

My favourite quotes from this drama:

  • No matter how much time has passed, your mind dwells on the moments when you were hurt.
  • That’s called wisdom, not cowardice. Because you acknowledge your limits.

Pretty deep but they make a lot of sense, agree?

The Kiss. I still can’t decide which one is my favourite, the stethoscope kiss or the kiss under the trees!

The Ending. I love endings that involves healing. I love it when nature heals after a storm or a fire. I love it more when mankind heals after trauma, loss and pain.



Dislikes: Although the character development was there, how it was achieved was messy. The storytelling in general was all over the place. There was a big effort to integrate their top sponsor which is Okada in the Philippines so they have to find a way how they could make scenes that include Okada – which wasn’t really that necessary for the main story.

Jo Bo Ah, although she’s quite pretty, I wasn’t really warming up to her acting. When she cries, tears running down her cheeks and all but she still looks like she’s smiling. I don’t know if it’s just me.

I mentioned above how I like the bicycles in the drama and how they promoted clean air. I find it unnecessary that our main guy was driving a sports car in the countryside. Not matching at all.

The ending. Yes, I love the healing part but it got so cheesy in some closures.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Hyde, Jekyll and I

hyde jekyll and i kdramaSummary: Geo Seo Jin, an heir and the CEO of a theme park Wonderland is suffering from a multiple personality disorder. The other personality he possesses is called Robin, a very talented artist who always helps him whenever he’s in a difficult situation that could be triggered by his traumatic past. On the other hand, Jang Hana who works in the Wonderland circus got to know Robin and fell in love with him.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Rich Boy Poor Girl, Chaebol, Boss Romance, Psychological
Episodes: 20
Stars: Hyun Bin as Goo Seo Jin / Robin
Han Ji Min as Jang Ha Na
Sung Joon as Yoon Tae Joo
Hyeri as Min Woo Jung




Likes: The most anticipated return of Hyun Bin to the small screen made everyone (I’m sure not just me) very excited! Love Hyun Bin! Who doesn’t?

Paired with Han Ji Min sealed it to be a great drama! (Wait, not too quick. Just read the dislikes below.)

No matter what happens, I still love the 2 leads. I think they’re great actors. Hyun Bin was great in portraying both Seo Jin and Robin that sometimes I forget that they’re the same actor. Same goes to Han Ji Min, she’s a melodrama princess.

Who would I choose? Hm, difficult question.

Seo Jin – I love his cold personality. Rich and cold to be precise :). I also prefer his looks (minus the glasses) more than Robin’s. And he get’s to wear suits all the time which is Hyun Bin’s specialty (as per Secret Garden experience).

Robin – I love the way he smiles, it’s contagious! His talent in drawing makes him sexy. His happiness is also contagious (at least before he became very sad). He’s just very likeable!

So who wins? At the end, I was leaning towards Robin. I think the show was made focused on Robin’s character before he disappered making him very special. A tragic love, a tragic ending (I was howling!).

I like the last 2 episodes. I think these were the only times when I got so serious watching it. Taking all the sadness the drama might bring in (so I had Kleenex by my side).

Have to mention how I like Hyeri. She was fun and cute. She’s got potentials, just need to be in a good drama.

Dislikes: Gosh, where do I begin? Simply said, a very bad script! How on earth did Hyun Bin fall for this. Now you have a bad script which was badly executed, how do you call that? A disaster! It was hard to watch, my heart was bleeding. These great actors looked like amateurs in this poor drama. Poor Hyun Bin oppa, I hope you do a followup soon!

So bad that it made the police look very stupid. They just couldn’t catch the psychiatrist. When they were close, they got hypnotized instead. So laughable!

Nothing much about the circus really? Aside from the Gorilla in the beginning. To make that kind of intro, it make viewers believe that there’s much to it. But nothing.

The drama reminds me of 3 great dramas which made this one not up to par…

Kill Me, Heal Me – for the multiple personalities disorder theme.
It’s Okay, That’s Love – for being a radio commentator.
Rooftop Prince – for disappearing in the end and for having Han Ji Min in it.

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

It’s Okay, That’s Love

its okay thats love kdramaSummary: Jang Jae Yul, a famous novelist and radio DJ who’s sufferring from a personality disorder meets Ji Hae Soo, a psychiatrist. The 2 had to live together with other 2 guys in a house which is owned by Jang Jae Yul. For Ji Hae Soo, falling in love with someone who can be her patient was the biggest challenge. Helped by other professional psychiatrist friends, the 2 will have a chance to pursuit a normal relationship.

Genre: Melodrama, Romantic Comedy, Medical, Psychological
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jo In Sung as Jang Jae Yul
Gong Hyo Jin as Ji Hae Soo
Lee Kwang Soo as Park Soo Kwang
Sung Dong Il as Jo Dong Min




Likes: The drama has a serious medical topic but done greatly to appeal to viewers who are into romance. In other words, medical-romance combined nicely topped with 2 of the best actors in Korea.

Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Gin’s dramas are always to watch for. They seem to be very skilled in choosing dramas where they truly shine and this is one example of that.

Jo In Sung – remains one the sexiest korean actor for me. His sleek, tall figure; pretty face and excellent acting makes him one.
Gong Hyo Gin – this lady though not the prettiest has the charisma on screen. She’ll make you love her.

For those who want to have a good cry, this one’s for you. Great drama moments thanks to the leads.

Presence of good comical reliefs makes the drama light and bearable.

Happy ending for everyone!

Dislikes: There were just moments when it was making me so sad. Not much of a crying-drama person.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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